WARNING....MICE....

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  1. Larrynwin

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    Time to protect your pride and joy if not continously in use. The meeces are coming in looking for a warm bed.
    They have already started here :Eeek::Eeek::boxing::boxing:
     
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    already trapped one in the house.. bugger was in the kitchen food cupboard eating flour ..

    where do you think is a good place to put the traps in the van ?
     
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    Put them near to any where there is a root to food ensure all food is removed from the van and hover out all food storage arias then wipe over with savlon or Dettol.
    empty under bead storage arias wipe with Dettol or savlon we have done this for years and never had a problem but we do use our van prity much all year round
    bill
     
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    One of the worst places for mice is farm property where hay and silage is stored, also chicken farms and cabins.
     
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    OMG. I had terrible experiences last year. I have started doing all the small things to try and keep them at bay... lavendar oil, peppermint oil, garlic cloves especially in cupboards and on floor, paraffin in a container with rag soaked in it. Can't stand the thought of another invasion.
     
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    likewise.. Bill, we always remove dried food and clean the van thoroughly after every trip, never had any problems ..

    I've seen the damage a mouse can do to a wiring loom.. and it can cost hundreds to repair..
     
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    I keep my caravan in a field , next to a stable , I never have had a problem with them , mind you between ourselves and the neighbours we had 9 cats
     
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    Already had to do battle with the mice at my elderly mothers home. She insisted on humane traps so that I could let the little sod out - however, after 3 attempts to catch, and the peanut butter jar going gone down rapidly, I said enough is enough. Got the proper traps and within 24 hours garrotted 2!
     
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    ..........how could you?..........:crying:


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    Easy him or my motorhome.
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    I suspect they follow urine trails. Once one finds a way in and marks its route, others follow. This year I poured peppermint essence on places in the engine bay where I know they've been before, and left an upturned ice cream carton with blue bait blocks secured inside (and an entrance hole cut in one end) wedged next to the front wheel. Not much nibbling at the bait, but also no further mouse incursions into the van.

    I reckon this year's been less kind to small rodents than last year - there's been very few of them around my workplace, which is a natural target for them.
     
  12. Larrynwin

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    I put a bait tray and a couple of bait blocks under the bonnet, not forgetting to remove before driving, also a weatherproof rodent bait box under the motorhome to try and stop them before entry.
    The bait needs checking frequently as it goes quite quickly.
     
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    i looked at a friends motorhome because of a bad smell from the engine and after parking up. turned out to be a rats nest on the exhaust slow roasting and signs of incursion into the van. his wife was physically sick when she found out.....not pleasant
     
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    I read somewhere on here to use "bounce tumble dryer sheets" around inside the van, been doing that the last year also keeps the van smelling nice ;)
     
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    We have an electronic mouse thingy running along with some traps.. the traps haven't been used for a year and we are sure the electronic thing works as we have had mice in before it.
    Electronic thing sets off internal alarm though so it has to be disabled
     
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    We also use bounce sheets works for us
     
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    A friend of mine was driving his car along the motorway when a large rat poked its head up out of the heater vent he very nearly drove off the road ! next day the car went in for a service etc. the mechanics found a nest at the bulkhead /firewall also found loads of rubbish and insulation it turned out that the weekly black bin bags were left by his wife right at the front wheel .(n)
     
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  18. Chris

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    Yes we use them.

    We have a plug in one at the front and battery operated one at the rear.

    I am convinced they work.
     
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    Yep. I use a sonic gizmo designed to repel pine marten ( they have a lot of trouble with them in Germany ) It cost about £8 and plugs into the 12volt fag lighter socket and I half close the roof lite blind and lay it upside down on top of it ( so it is aiming its beam downwards ) and that covers the whole van. Also I put a few moth balls around the place (which Jen hates ) and I think that helps with rodent control. BUT, it has no effect on Jenny. :LOL:
    I may try bounce sheets instead of moth balls in future though.
     
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    Bucket traps by each wheel (YouTube it) caught over a hundred last year!
     
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